The main advantages in sharing a house or apartment are not just that it can save you a lot of money on rent, but it also allows you to live in a better neighborhood, closer to shops and work than you might otherwise be able to afford.
While it is advantage to be young and also to share the same culture as your flatmates, I have seen many cases of successful shared occupancy where the residents were older folk from different backgrounds. I think the trick to successfully sharing a house is to have rules which are acceptable to all.
I only have a few tips for you in this article:
- You can save much money on food by sharing the groceries.
- Consider contents insurance if you own something expensive that could get stolen.
- Keep a file or box for receipts on shared items, write names of who paid so you can work out who paid what at the end of the month.
Have you shared a house? What methods did you use to keep it friendly?